Modern Vintage | Celia Birtwell {Shopping}

Monday, 7 October 2013

I don't buy many clothes (anymore). I try to make my own clothes of course, and I'd rather spend money on some key pieces that I will keep, and if they have an interesting story (or designer behind), and affordable, I am there. I am very late to get my hands on the Celia Birtwell's collection for Uniqlo - but better late than never! 

Birtwell's fabulous career has spanned five decades. Married to Ossie Clarke (one of my favourite designer) in the seventies, the pair made some of the best floaty chiffon dresses, ever. Designs loved by the rock and roll crowd, including Bianca Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and Pattie Boyd.

Detail from Ossie Clark dress with Celia Birtwell print 
She is an iconic figure in the world of arts and the prices of her own label reflect this and start at several hundred pounds and go beyond 2 and a half thousand pounds... yeah right... So when I found out (late) that Celia Birtwell has worked with Uniqlo to bring out a special collection, I was delighted. She used her archives, the prints have been updated and made available across t-shirts, tunic vests, shirts, leggings pants, pyjama pants, culottes, tote bags and stoles.

The high street chain has previously worked with Lulu Guiness, Jil Sander, Laura Ashley and Orla Kiely. , so naturally you will be delighted that prices  starts at £9.90 for a stole, while t-shirts sell for £12.90. Dresses are £29.90. 

The Uniqlo x Celia Birtwell collection is still available in-store and online. The range is now limited as it has been out since March 2013, but there are still some interesting items left, like this dress, this boat neck T, and this beautiful stole

So we are saying fashion, vintage and affordable.. One item HAS to feature in my 'creative' wardrobe!


  1. Wow! Those are really terrific prices. :)

  2. I want a pair of float pants too! This stuff is gorgeous!